Discussion in 'Historical Re-enactment' started by Elladan, Dec 28, 2003.
hes off to bed with his gay lover.
Oooh, you're so cruel! You can't think of anything intelligent so you've resorted to stupid comments like that. I'm really hurt. I'm going to cry.
Okay, now this is just getting petty. Gud's gonna come in here soon.
Witchking, do you have any suggestions in regard to fabrics?
There is a great site alleycatscratch.com that has the best lotr type cloak pattern and in depth details. You could use an army blanket as suggested but make sure it drapes well and isn't too stiff. Function is the main key to a good cloak. That's what I dig about the 'costumes' in lotr--these clothes work well in so many situations and weather. Personally I think cloaks should be widely used as modern clothing, not just as role-playing. I live in Oregon and a good woolen cloak is perfect for our weather and woods. Nothing like a sharp dressed ranger !
Well, a cloak is for keeping you warm, and no medieval fabric was better than that. There is light wool and heavy wool; you have to shop around.
yeah the army surplus store has the best pre made anglo saxon stuff but you may want to check on ebay type in SCA cloak there are tons of them there is a lady named lady_eowyn who makes cloaks just like the ones in the movie i bought one and it was made of wool and it comes with a brooch i got mine for $78.00 great purchase
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mAILaCai, you really need to stop. Empty insults are getting you nowhere. I could say a lot right now, but I'm just going to say this - if you can't appreciate or accept other people's interests (no matter how "crazy" you think they are), why are you here???
Cool. Do you have any pics you could show us?
I do indeed - there's a company somewhere (in NZ I think) that sells the actual wool used in the films. It'll take a while to find though.
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I think I've been there before, Witchking. Have you seen the asking price? Even converted to US dollars it's steep.
Plus, I may be going for a darker hue, like black or forest green.
The prices are pretty steep. Unfortunately they don't have the official cloak replica for sale, I'm sure it would sell well regardless.
Well my wife and I dress up, assume a new personna, and live in the woods (for weekends at least). We call it the Society for Creative Anachronism. We are not the only "weird" ones as the Pennsic event held in August has over 20,000 people in attendance. And they all are "playing the game". But more to the point of the cloak. While wool is very warm and durable and stays warm when wet, it also becomes oderferous when wet - it smells! However, polar fleece, while not strictly period, looks just like wool, has all the wool advantages, but does not smell when wet. I myself have three tunics made out of polar fleece for those very cold days.
A member on a different forum uses "oilskin" for wet weather cloaks. Oilskin is a fabric (cotton) infused with oil or wax to be made waterproof. Here is a link to a website that sells it:
We have a group that assembles medieval/fantasy kit and explores the wilderness in an ancient way:
Maybe some of the folk can help with your questions...
I wish that I could find a club like that somewhere. I was never really into camping... but the more I think about it... Id really like to spend a weekend in the wilderness. I'd like to make a cloak... but im not sure where or how I could make it. I was trying to capture images of the Rohan cloaks, but it was just to hard. No good dvd player.
You might try to contact your local SCA group. They do re-enacting up to the 1700's. There are lots of folks there who could help you with a cloak or any other aspect of your garb, or life in the era you have an interest in. Most groups do weekend camps called events. Go to www.sca.org to find the group local to you. I would recommend attending a few meetings and perhaps a few events before you choose to join the group officially. "See before you by" is the idea. While on the SCA site check out the events tab and Gulf Wars and Pennsic. Gulf Wars is held in March for one week with about 5000 people attending. Pennsic is held in August for two weeks and has about 20,000 people attending. Just imagine a week or two with EVERYONE in garb, battles, period encampments (some more than others), and meeting lots of other folks with a similar interst.
I might have to try the polar fleece option....
On that note, if I did make my own cloak, does anyone recommend a pattern to follow, or at least a style to go by?
Try here for a pattern http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/
My wife made our cloaks. She said they were the most difficult thing she has tried to make. Our cloaks are flannel outside with flannel linings (two layers). For really cold weather she made polar fleece liners that go between the outer layer and the lining. We velcro them in place. They also have hoods which I highly recommend.
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